How To Decorate Your Baby's NurseryYour baby is on her way (or, she's already here!) and you want her to have a wonderful nursery to enjoy. No matter what your budget, this step-by-step guide will work for you! We go through planning as well as setting up the nursery. Don't just go and start spending money on cute items for baby's room - have a plan first! You'll save money and be happier with the result. There are many ways to plan the decorative look of a room, this is the order we suggest and cover in this article:
1. Colors: Choose your colors (we suggest basing the color scheme on a crib bedding set you love)
2. Baby Furniture: Select the furniture that will go best with your chosen colors and the style of the bedroom
3. Paint: Select a paint color that complements your bedding colors and furniture
4. Window Coverings: Select and hang the window treatments that go with your colors and the wall colors.
5. Setup: Assemble all furniture, clean your bedding and dress the room!
6. Decorate: Add all the "frosting" to the room
Choose Colors For Your Nursery
Choosing Your Baby's Furniture
Crib: Once you have selected your crib bedding set and colors for the baby's room, it is time to select the furniture! Be sure to choose furniture that is both safe, meeting all of today's safety standards, and, that will complement your room decor! Another consideration: will you only be using the crib while baby is small? Or, do you want a crib that transforms to a toddler bed, and, later, to a twin or full size bed for your child? The crib shown above is a convertible crib. Sold separately from the crib are bed rails that can be used to transform it into a full size bed. The rail necessary to turn it into a toddler's bed came with the crib.
Changing Table: We suggest selecting a crib/changing table/dresser set that matches and meets all your needs. When selecting the set, be sure to verify that the changing table is large enough, and has space for your changing supplies, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, hand sanitizer, etc. (as shown in the photo on the left).
You can also find changing tables that double as dressers, as does the one shown. These can come in quite handy as baby gets older...what was once her changing area now becomes an attractive dresser for her clothes.
Painting the Nursery
As with any paint today, be sure to select one that is not lead-based. The paint color should be soothing and complement the bedding colors you have chosen. Also keep in mind, will baby be using this room as she gets older? Will this color be suitable for her as an 8 year old? As a 12 year old? (Of course, by then, you might want to re-paint the room anyway). Also keep in mind the window treatments you are using with your bedding set. Will they look good next to the paint color you've chosen? Below we show two areas of a nursery before and after being painted. This room had bright red paint on the walls. it was very important to properly prime the walls before painting with the green color. It is suggested that a tinted primer be used on the red paint (or any bright or dark color) before applying your nursery color.
Hanging the Curtains in Your Baby's Room
Assemble and Place the Baby Furniture